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* Using a Weave-it LoomUsing a Weave-it Loom

Time: 1:30 pm

Using a Weave-It Loom Saturday, February 7, 1:30 PM Learn the basics of using a hand-held Weave-It Loom to make your own bookmark. This craft dates back to colonial times, with a patent granted for the loom in 1934. This activity is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Learn something new and relax with friends! Supplies provided. Register by 4 PM on Thursday, February 5. M $8; NM $10

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* Home School-Water!Home School-Water!

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World”. Water: We Can’t Live Without It. Wednesday, February 11, 1 PM. Water is everywhere, even is some surprising places. But is there enough? Learn about the water cycle & where water is hidden. Learn about water issues both here in the U.S. and around the world as you experience hands-on and sometimes wet activities. 1 ½ hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat. Each month on the second Thursday gather in the sunroom at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings at Indian Creek Nature Center. Enjoy a social time, and learn what’s happening in nature at that time, meet Nature Center staff and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs and trails. Free

* Backyard Chicken BasicsBackyard Chicken Basics

Time: 7:00 pm

Backyard Chicken Basics Thursday, February 12, 7 PM Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that enables them to get a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids and other communities. Registration required by 4 PM on Wednesday, February 11. M: $7, NM: $10.

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* Closed for President's DayClosed for President's Day

Buildings and offices closed but all trails are open dawn to dusk

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* Cub Corner Preschool AdventureCub Corner Preschool Adventure

Time: 10:00 am

Cub Corner Adventures: Tails and Tales Wednesday, February 18, 10 AM Preschoolers, bring your parent(s) to Cub Corner to explore animals that have nifty tales and tails. Learn why animals need tails and how squirrels, opossums, birds and many other animals use theirs. Make a tail of your own and hear how Opossum got his tail. Please preregister. M $5; NM $8. no fee for parents

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* Astronomy Night - Feb 20, 2015Astronomy Night - Feb 20, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

Astronomy Night Friday, February 20, 7 PM Winter evenings provide clear skies that are great for finding bright planets. Join us to catch a glimpse of a mystery planet that cannot usually be seen with the naked eye. Spend time searching the heavens for objects like Galileo, and take a tour of the constellations with an astronomer. Binoculars and a telescope will be available, but feel free to bring your own. If it’s cloudy we’ll go on a night hike. Please register in advance. M $5; NM $7; children 3-12 $3

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* Cub Corner Preschool AdventureCub Corner Preschool Adventure

Time: 10:00 am

Cub Corner Adventures: Tails and Tales Saturday, February 21, 10 AM Preschoolers, bring your parent(s) to Cub Corner to explore animals that have nifty tales and tails. Learn why animals need tails and how squirrels, opossums, birds and many other animals use theirs. Make a tail of your own and hear how Opossum got his tail. Please pre register. M $5; NM $8. parents are free

* STEM Science thru NatureSTEM Science thru Nature

Time: 1:00 pm

Explore STEM Science through Nature Saturday, February 21, 1-3 PM Families are invited to visit the Nature Center for an afternoon of STEM Science activities. Employ your designing, measuring and calculating skills as you create a critter that can survive under specific conditions; do some maple math; find solutions to community development challenges and explore water conservation issues. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. $5/family.

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* Volunteer Training-Maple SyrupVolunteer Training-Maple Syrup

Time: 9:30 am

Volunteer Training: Maple Syruping Season Saturday, February 28, 9:30 AM Become an ICNC volunteer and help with our maple syruping operations this March! Assist with daily syrup-making operations or teach children and adults about history, tapping maple trees, and collecting sap. Call 319-362-0664 to sign up. Free.

* Maple Syrup from your BackyardMaple Syrup from your Backyard

Time: 1:00 pm

Maple Syrup from Your Backyard Maple Tree Saturday, February 28, 1 PM Learn how to harvest maple sap and make delicious syrup as a fun, family activity using tools from your own toolbox and kitchen. Each family receives a spile for tapping their tree and handouts on how to collect and boil sap for syrup. Making maple syrup is a great heritage and STEM science activity for kids! M Family $12; NM Family $16 (includes spile).

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Not A Lot Of Plot

Back for a third year, Not A Lot Of Plot focuses on backyard sustainability.  This day-long workshop will provide valuable information and insight into how individuals and families can produce their own food no matter how small the yard.

Join us on Saturday, January 12th at Indian Creek Nature Center. Doors open at 9:00 AM (bring your own brown bag lunch – beverages available).  The fee is $15 for ICNC members; $18 for all others.  Seating is limited so make your reservation now! Call 319-362-0664 to register by phone or click here to register online.

Here’s our program:

9:40 AM Backyard Abundance with Fred Meyer
Fred will inspire you with enticing examples of gardening ideas and techniques for backyards. Even the smallest yard can produce food, support wildlife and be beautiful.  Leave with ideas for small and a bit larger spaces.

10:40 AM Willow in the Garden with Mary Kopecky
Willow is the perfect renewable resource  for towers, trellises and other garden structures.  Gather ideas for vertical  gardening, garden art,  willow fences, sculptures, and  screens and get tips on collecting and working with willow.

11:40 AM LUNCHBring your own brown bag

12:20 PM Soilmates with Scott Koepke, Gardening Educator/New Pioneer Co-op
Scott, a garden educator from New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City, focuses on the fundamentals of gardening, food origins, soil conditioning, composting, and season extenders .

1:20 PM Drought 2013? Water Conservation Tips for Home Landscape with Becky Lynch, Linn County Master Gardener
Becky, winner of the 2012 National Gardening Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award, reviews the 2013 forecast for drought in eastern Iowa. She will share information from multiple universities about priorities for watering in a drought, and will provide tips on how to stretch what water we have as far as possible.

2:20 PM Ideas for the Gardener with No Thyme (aka The Lazy Gardener) with Jean Wiedenheft, ICNC Land Steward
Herbs and garlic are easy to grow, fun to cook with and make attractive landscaping.  ICNC Land Steward Jean Wiedenheft will demonstrate how to make garlic salt and other herbed salts.

 

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